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Despite being unfinished, The Beautiful Ones manages to be an eclectic, well-crafted volume of autobiographical fragments Read more

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Samuel Engelking

The Toronto author's highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is more thrilling actioner than literary meditation Read more

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In the book BlackLife, authors Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi argue that incremental efforts to combat anti-Black racism won't work Read more

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Elisa Roupenian Toha

The characters in Kristen Roupenian's fascinating short story collection, You Know You Want This, make one bad decision after another Read more

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Posthumously released collection The Flame finds the music icon sharply critiquing a culture that disappointed him Read more

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The actor and Weinstein accuser seems perma-triggered in her angry memoir Read more

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Shealah Craighead/White House

The neo-conservative pundit's take down of the U.S. president has blind spots, but his book provides fascinating insight into government corruption Read more

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It's not surprising the anti-psychiatry critic's controversial views are all over her latest novel Read more

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Baron Wolman

Despite some important journalism, the iconic music mag was hopelessly apolitical early on and never shed its obnoxious sexism Read more

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The Jack Robinson Archive

The genius Canadian musician spews her anger, insecurities and bitterness in David Yaffe's can't-put-it-down biography Read more

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Author and journalist Nicholas Jennings offers a well-researched but conventional textbook account of the Canadian folk superstar's career Read more

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Jan Wong's Apron Strings will make you want to eat and Naben Ruthnum’s Curry will make you think Read more

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Randall Slavin

The author's 12th novel begins on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration and ends as Donald Trump becomes the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Read more

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The Illegal is well told but fails to grab you Read more

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Worthy of this year's Trillium Prize win – beating out heavyweights Dionne Brand and Margaret Atwood Read more

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